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Departmental Staff

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) black and Asian and (b) other people are employed in his Department’s press office. (74356)

As at 31 May 2006 the total number of people employed in the Department’s press office, including all management and admin staff is 61.

Information on ethnicity is collected on a voluntary basis. On grounds of confidentiality we are unable to provide the information requested on how many black and Asian staff are employed within press office.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many of his staff are (a) under and (b) over 55 years of age; (77192)

(2) how many people over the age of 55 years have been recruited into his Department in each of the last three years.

The number of staff in the Department aged under 55 years and over 55 years of age is in the following table.

Headcount

Full-time equivalent (FTE)

Under 55 years

113,641

102,668

Over 55 years

16,434

15,010

Notes:

1. Staff numbers are point in time as at 31 December 2005.

2. Figures include temporary staff.

3. Staffing for Health and Safety Executive not included.

The number of recruits to the Department over the age of 55 years in each of the last three years is in the following table.

Year ending December:

Headcount

FTE

2003

44

40

2004

481

448

2005

423

402

Note:

Figures include temporary staff.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what incentives are available to encourage members of his staff to use public transport for travelling to and from work. (75094)

The Department for Work and Pensions offers incentives to staff to encourage more sustainable forms of travel; these include salary advances for the purchase of season travel tickets. Concessionary bus passes are available in some locations.

The Department promotes sustainable travel to work. ‘Sustainable Transport Travel’ pages are available on the intranet. The travel pages promote awareness of travel options and include a copy of the departmental generic travel plan. Details of greener forms of transport are also included in the departmental induction pack.